Co-Directors: Paula Findlen, Jennifer Summit
Associate Director: Michael Wyatt
Committee in Charge: Philippe Buc, Hester Gelber, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Robert P. Harrison, Nancy S. Kollman, Seth Lerer, William Mahrt, Bissera Pentcheva, Jennifer Summit, Rega Wood
Affiliated Faculty: Cecile Alduy (French and Italian), Theodore Andersson (German Studies), Vincent Barletta (Iberian and Latin American Cultures), Shahzad Bashir (Religious Studies), Carl Bielefeldt (Religious Studies), George H. Brown (English), Philippe Buc (History), Steven Carter (Asian Languages), Charlotte Fonrobert (Religious Studies), Hester Gelber (Religious Studies), Avner Greif (Economics), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (French and Italian), Robert Harrison (French and Italian), Michelle Karnes (English), Nancy S. Kollmann (History), Seth Lerer (English, Comparative Literature), Mark E. Lewis (History), William Mahrt (Music), David Malkiel (Religious Studies), Michael Markham (Music), Kathryn Miller (History), Patricia Parker (Comparative Literature), Bissera Pentcheva (Art and Art History), Orrin W. Robinson (German Studies), Jesse Rodin (Music), Behnam Sadeki (Religious Studies), Stuart Sargent (Asian Languages), Jeffrey Schnapp (French and Italian) Carolyn Springer (French and Italian), Edward Steidle (English), Jennifer Summit (English), Rega Wood (Philosophy)
Program Offices: Pigott Hall 205
Mail Code: 94305-2087
Department Phone: (650) 721-4099
Web Site: http://stanford.edu/dept/medieval
The Program in Medieval Studies draws together a wide range of disciplines: art and architecture; literature and languages; music; philosophy; religious studies; and economic, social, and political history. Faculty interests bridge Western, Islamic, and Asian cultures, and encompass both traditional and innovative materials and methods.
The Medieval Studies Program is administered through the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, but the degree is conferred by the School of Humanities and Sciences. The committee has approved the program as below. Students interested in pursuing a Medieval Studies major or minor should visit the program office in Pigott Hall and consult with one of the co-directors. The major is normally declared by the beginning of the student's junior year.
The major combines interdisciplinary breadth with a disciplinary focus. The interdisciplinary emphasis is provided by MEDVLST 165, Crusades: Interdisciplinary Approaches, by upper-division interdisciplinary colloquia, and by the requirement that students take courses in three different areas. Depth is ensured by the requirement that students take at least four courses in one area. A faculty adviser helps each student choose courses that integrate the requirements of breadth and depth. To that end, the following guidelines are provided.
The student should take a minimum of 60 units of course work from the list of Medieval Studies courses or appropriate alternatives approved by the co-directors, including ten courses as follows:
- the introductory course, MEDVLST 165, Crusades: Interdisciplinary Approaches (given alternate years).
- two upper-division courses, ideally with an interdisciplinary component, in any field dealing with the Middle Ages.
- four courses in one of the following categories:
- Literature: English, French, German and Scandinavian, Italian, Latin, Slavic, Spanish
- Art History, Drama, Music
- Humanities, Philosophy, Religious Studies. Certain humanities courses may fulfill requirements within other categories.
- two courses in a second category from the above list
- one courses in a third category from the above list.
Students doing the Medieval Studies concentration for the Humanities major should use these requirements as guidelines for developing their program of study.
In addition to the ten courses, a language proficiency equal to two years of college-level study is suggested in Latin or one of the following: French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
The Medieval Studies Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
- through a course designated as WIM by a department contributing to the Medieval Studies major
- through a paper in a Medieval Studies course
- through an independent paper with a member of the Medieval Studies faculty
Check with the program office regarding requirements for each of these options.
Courses used to satisfy Medieval Studies major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.
Students may choose courses from the following list to complete the 60-unit major requirement:
ARTHIST 105/305. Introduction to Medieval Art
ARTHIST 106A. Art of Pilgrimage and Crusade
ARTHIST 206. Virginity and Power: Mary in the Middle Ages
ECON 228. Institutions and Organizations in Historical Perspectives
ENGLISH 104C. Arthurian Literature and Medieval Romance
ENGLISH 184C. Texts in History: Medieval to Early Modern
FRENGEN 204. Songs of Love and War: Gender Crusade, Politics
FRENGEN 233. Afterlife of the Middle Ages
FRENLIT 130. Authorship, Book Culture, and National Identity in Medieval and Renaissance France
GERGEN 38A/138. Introduction to Germanic Languages
GERGEN 50N. Charlemagne's Germany
GERLIT 257. Gothic
HISTORY 14N. Crusades
HISTORY 110A Europe from Late Antiquity to 1500
HISTORY 133A. Yorkist and Tudor England
HISTORY 135/335. History of European Law, Medieval to Contemporary
HISTORY 182. Medieval Islamic History, 600-1500 (not given 2009-10)
HISTORY 182C. From Prophet to Empire: The Making of the Muslim Middle East, 600-1500
HISTORY 211/311. Body, Gender, and Society in Medieval Europe
HISTORY 211B. Jews under Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages
HISTORY 212/312. Holy Wars: Medieval Perspectives (not given 2009-10)
HISTORY 217A/317A. Poverty and Charity in Medieval Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
HISTORY 217B/317B. Land of Three Religions: Medieval Spain
HISTORY 218A. Barcelona to Berlin: Muslim Minorities in History
ITALLIT 127. Inventing Italian Literature: Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarca
LAW 586. Classical Islamic Law (same as RELIGST 201/301; not given 2009-10)
MUSIC 40. Music History to 1600
MUSIC 140/240. Studies in Medieval Music (not given 2009-10)
MUSIC 301A. Analysis of Music: Modal
PHIL 101. Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 115/215. Problems of Medieval Philosophy
RELIGST 27. Exploring Islam
RELIGST 84. Mystics, Pilgrims, Monks, and Scholars: Religious Devotion in Medieval Christianity (not given 2009-10)
RELIGST 101. Who Is Allah?
RELIGST 172. Sex, Body, and Gender in Medieval Religion (not given 2009-10)
RELIGST 222. Literature and Society in Medieval Islam (not given 2009-10)
RELIGST 222B. Sufism
RELIGST 224B. Unveiling the Sacred: Explorations in Islamic Religious Imagination
RELIGST 227/327. The Qur'‚n (not given 2009-10)
RELIGST 226/326. Philosophy and Kabbalah in Jewish Society: Middle Ages and Early Modern Period (not given 2009-10)
RELIGST 258/358. Japanese Buddhist Texts
SPANLIT 157. Introduction to Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literatures (Same as PORTLIT 157)